Antonio Banderas and musicals monopolize the first edition of the Talía Awards | Culture


The first edition of the Talía Awards, created by the Spanish Academy of Performing Arts, has been devoted to great musicals. In addition to the four specific categories, another three productions were winners in the sections of best costumes, lighting and costumes, to which we must add that the special prize for public recognition – decided by the organization – went to The Lion King, which has been performing on Madrid’s Gran Vía for 11 years, the longest running on the Spanish billboard. In total, eight awards. Among them, the winner has been Company, that He has won three: best musical theater actor for Antonio Banderas, best musical theater direction for Arturo Díez Boscovich and best musical theater show. Mireia Portas has won the award for best musical theater actress for Singing under the rain.

Apart from the musicals, the gala for the delivery of these new awards, held this Monday night at the Teatro Español in Madrid, was marked by variety. Only two other works besides Company they took more than one prize. The innocent saints adaptation of the novel by Miguel Delibes directed by Javier Hernández-Simón, was crowned the best theater show and the best supporting actor for Luis Bermejo. AND bad life, starring Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and Marta Poveda, was distinguished as the best company show (Ay Teatro) and won the award for best original music for Yayo Cáceres, also responsible for the staging. By the way, Yayo Cáceres once again took the stage to collect the award for the best private stage show producer for Ron Lalá, which he co-directs with Yayo Cáceres. And he took advantage of this last occasion to underline the paradox that right now the company has no work.

The choreographer and dancer Rocío Molina, during her speech of thanks for the award for the best female dance performer, with Nacho Duato and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón in the background.
The choreographer and dancer Rocío Molina, during her speech of thanks for the award for the best female dance performer, with Nacho Duato and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón in the background.JUANJO MARTIN (EFE)

It was one of the few claims that were heard at a friendly gala, but that even the winners took a long time. Carmelo Gómez, awarded as best leading actor in theater for The wars of our ancestors, He released when collecting his award almost at the end of the ceremony: “Let’s go to sleep!”. Shortly before, Luis Bermejo had opened the season: “What a hunger!”.

The ceremony, broadcast by La 2 de TVE, began at ten at night and lasted two and a half hours. There were many prizes to be distributed. Twenty-eight categories and five special distinctions: award for social change and inclusion in the Performing Arts for Bob Pop; honor award for Lola Herrera; emerging talent award for María Hervás and Sergio Bernal; public recognition award for The Lion King, and extraordinary prize for Antonio Resines. So basically the ceremony was a hectic up and down of award winners, with loose performances in between without any thematic unity. There were dance numbers such as that of Antonio Najarro and a recitation of texts by Lorca by Lluís Homar, Carlos Hipólito, Magui Mira, Raúl Prieto, Marta Poveda and Manuela Velasco, with the voice of the singer India Martínez in the background. The glue was put by Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, president of the Academy and presenter of the gala, who naturally encouraged the public in each of her interventions.

The singer India Martínez, during her performance at the Talía Awards.
The singer India Martínez, during her performance at the Talía Awards.

The Academy chose well-known names to present the awards: Antonio Banderas, José Sacristán, Nacho Cano, Nacho Duato, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Tricicle, Maribel Verdú, Pepón Nieto, El Mago Pop, María Pagés, Silvia Abascal, Andrés Lima and Miguel del Arch, among others. Among the few anecdotes that the night offered was the absence of Israel Galván, winner of the award for best male dance performer, who did not send anyone to collect the award and Antonio Najarro, also a dancer and choreographer, also had to leave improvised. from the Academy’s board of directors: “I appreciate it on your behalf, I imagine,” he said.

The actress María Hervás, recognized with the special emerging talent award, lamented: “I have been emerging since I was 19 years old,” said the interpreter, who at 36 has performed on the main stages of the country. Marcel Escolano, member of the Los Galindos company, winners of the award for best circus show for Died laughing, He asked for respect for differences and free thought. Lola Herrera took the ovation of the night and Antonio Resines returned to vindicate the health personnel who saved his life after contracting covid last year. Blanca Portillo, Best Leading Actress for Silence, by Juan Mayorga, who shortly after won the award for best author for the golem, He noted that the statuette of the goddess Talía, designed by José Luis Puche and kept secret until the ceremony, weighs one hundredweight.

The actress Blanca Portillo poses her statuette during her gratitude speech.
The actress Blanca Portillo poses her statuette during her gratitude speech.
JuanJo Martin (EFE)

The Academy wanted to give strength to this first gala by summoning artists recognized by the general public and political representatives. Among others, the vice president Nadia Calviño, the minister Miquel Iceta or the Madrid councilor Marta Rivera de la Cruz attended. The awards are presented as the Goya of Spanish theater, in competition with the veterans Max, created in 1998 by the SGAE copyright management entity through the SGAE Foundation, which will be delivered on April 17. The Talías are voted for by the 732 members that the Academy now has, although only in the final phase, since the list of nominees is drawn up by juries appointed by the board of directors, which has aroused suspicion in the sector due to the scarcity of shows from outside Madrid or less commercial. The Max voting system combines territorial juries with another national one to designate the winners.

Cayetana Guillén Cuervo concludes the gala.
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo concludes the gala.
JuanJo Martin (EFE)

winners list

1. Best musical theater actor. Antonio Banderas, for Company.

2. Best musical theater actress. Mireia Portas, for Singing under the rain.

3. Best Musical Theater Musical Direction. Arturo Díez Boscovich, for Company.

4. Best Musical Theater Show. Company, Soho Theater production.

5. Best company show. bad lifeby Ay Theatre.

6. Best male dance performer. Israel Galvan, for sixes.

7. Best female dance performer. Rocio Molina, for Back to one

8. Best dance show. From Scheherazade, of the María Pagés Choreographic Center.

9. Best circus show. Died laughing, from Los Galindos.

10. Best choreography. Antonio Ruz, for Pharsalia.

11. Best female lyrical interpreter. Saioa Hernandez, for Nabucco.

12. Best male lyrical performer. Jorge de Leon, for aida.

13. Best lyrical show. The angel of fire Royal Theater production.

14. Best original music. Yayo Cáceres, for bad life.

15. Prize for studies and dissemination. International Theatrical Book Salon.

16. Better lighting. Juanjo Llorens, for The choir boys.

17. Best set design. Ricardo Sanchez Cuerda, for The endless story.

18. Best wardrobe. Lorenzo Caprile and Marietta Calderón, for The time between seams.

19. Best private stage show producer. Ron Lala.

20. Award for the best Latin American performing arts show. What the river does of Marull Sisters.

21. Award for the best New York performing arts production of contemporary Hispanic authorship. Life lessons, by Eduardo Galan.

22. Best leading actor in theater. Carmelo Gomez, for The wars of our ancestors.

23. Best leading actress in the theater. Blanca Portillo, for Silence.

24. Best actor in a theater cast. Luis Bermejo, for The innocent saints.

25. Best actress in a theater cast. Goizalde Nunez, for The life is dream.

26. Best play authorship. Juan Mayorga, for The Golem.

27. Best stage direction. Laila Ripoll, for Tea Rooms.

28. Best theater show. The innocent saints produced by GG and Teatro del Nómada in co-production with Carallada!!, AJ Claqué, María Díaz Comunicación, Mardo, Juan Carlos Castro, Saga Producciones and Diodati se Mueve.

29. Special prizes. Award for social change and inclusion in the Performing Arts: Bob Pop. Honorary Award: Lola Herrera. Emerging Talent Award: María Hervás and Sergio Bernal. Audience Recognition Award: The Lion King. Extraordinary Award: Antonio Resines.

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